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Facebook app update expands notifications with new cards

Facebook app update expands notifications with new cards

Facebook has announced an updated notifications tab for mobile users. The social network’s mobile app has an update rolling out now that brings with it an “expanded, personalized notifications tab” that makes it easier to stay up to date on what’s going down in your friends’ lives. Feedback from users factored into the changes, says Facebook, and those users will be able to customize some of the content that shows up as notifications.

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Facebook keeps its huge bug fix on the down-low

Facebook keeps its huge bug fix on the down-low

While Facebook's latest app change log suggests very little has been changed, this week the social network's update is a big one. What this update fixes is a number of software issues deep within the app - stuff you'd never notice unless you happen to check your battery life on the regular. Most importantly, this update fixes issued in iOS that'd otherwise make the app the biggest battery hog in your device - including a cause for "CPU spin" as well as audio sessions management.

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Facebook fixes iOS app battery-draining issue

Facebook fixes iOS app battery-draining issue

If you use the Facebook for iOS app, you might have noticed that it is very battery intensive, lowering your precious charge level far faster than it should. Users have become increasingly vocal about this, and in light of that outcry, Facebook issued a statement this week saying it was looking into the matter. Earlier today, the social network pushed out an app update, and though its update log doesn't mention it, the new version fixes the battery issue.

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Facebook Search Update goes Public: here’s how you hide

Facebook Search Update goes Public: here’s how you hide

Today Facebook updated their Facebook Search feature to include ALL public posts. Before today, this feature only searched through your friends posts and those posts you and your friends were tagged in - now it's everyone, everywhere. This might freak a few people out. But don't worry! There's a (relatively) simple way of pulling your content from the public eye, and part of it can be done from your smartphone or tablet.

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Facebook Search expands to near-universal coverage

Facebook Search expands to near-universal coverage

The entirety of Facebook just became search-friendly from within. Facebook's indexing of their own posts - private and public - began back around this year with Facebook's first big search update. Now the advice we gave you back then becomes doubly important - if you have anything embarrassing in your extensive history of Facebooking, that is to say. Now is the time to delete everything terrible you've ever said, attached to the keywords you hope no one will ever associate you with, if you haven't already.

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Facebook Instant Articles debut in iPhone app

Facebook Instant Articles debut in iPhone app

Facebook's new Instant Articles feature, which converts news articles from a wide range of sources into quick-loading pages that display right in users' News Feed, is now coming to mobile users months after debuting on the web. The social network announced that the format is rolling out to its iPhone app, with Facebook's Chief Product Officer Chris Cox saying that there will be thousands of Instant Articles appearing each day.

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What are “State-Sponsored Actors”? Facebook confusion ensues

What are “State-Sponsored Actors”? Facebook confusion ensues

Facebook is sending out warnings - as of this week - to users that may be the subject of hacking efforts by 3rd party systems. The message their receiving suggests that they "may be the target of attacks from state-sponsored actors." What in the world could that possibly mean? This message is actually super simple and should very well have been simplified further before reaching the public. State-sponsored actors are just hackers sponsored by the government. Not the United States government (not in this case), but potentially harmful nonetheless.

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Now Facebook will warn if you’re under state-sponsored attack

Now Facebook will warn if you’re under state-sponsored attack

It's a sign of the times that, just as Facebook warns which of your friends and family will see your posts, now it'll flag potential state intrusion too. The new alert will appear if the social network believes an individual's account is being "targeted or compromised by an attacker suspected of working on behalf of a nation-state," Alex Stamos, chief security officer at Facebook, said today.

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Facebook: more Americans coming out on social network

Facebook: more Americans coming out on social network

Yesterday, Facebook released some data in honor of Spirit Day and National Coming Out Day revealing that the social network has seen more Americans than ever coming out on the site. The company determined this using information about U.S Facebook users, using things like users’ specifying a custom gender on a profile, or using the profile to “express a same-gender attraction.” When looked at, the data then shows three large trends taking place.

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Facebook fixing the app that drains your iPhone’s battery

Facebook fixing the app that drains your iPhone’s battery

Assuming you're an iPhone user who uses Facebook, chances are you've had some relatively sizable battery drain going on. The app has been discovered to be a large drain on iPhone users' batteries, particularly those that are using iOS 9 as of this month. Reports from several sources suggest that Facebook's app isn't becoming inactive properly, thereby continuing to drain the device of power as it would when called upon to be active as normal. According to Facebook, this battery drain problem should be resolved soon.

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Notify is a Facebook app for real-time news

Notify is a Facebook app for real-time news

It seems this is the time for the big social networks to revamp with new features that change the way users interact with the service. Last week was Twitter's new Moments tab, and now we're hearing about a new, standalone app from Facebook that focuses on real-time news. As The Awl details, the app is tentatively known as Notify and is said to be nearing release. Notify seems to be a direct competitor to Twitter itself, providing notifications on breaking news stories in real-time, as they're published.

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Facebook Messenger’s “M” assistant is scarily smart

Facebook Messenger’s “M” assistant is scarily smart

Siri and Google Now might soon have some competition, and this is just as smart as the others. Maybe even smarter. Facebook already revealed that indeed has plans for a virtual "shopping" assistant simply called "M", but it seems there isn't anything simple about it. A lucky Facebook Messenger got the rare chance to play around with the virtual helper, and to his surprise, "M" proved to be quite up to task in making sure all your purchasing and booking needs are met, right inside Facebook's chat app.

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